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IU Environmental Management Association

Last modified: Wednesday, April 15, 2009

IU Environmental Management Association sponsors Earth Week activities

April 15, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Filmmaker John de Graaf will show and discuss his latest film on Monday, April 20, as part of Earth Week activities sponsored by the student Environmental Management Association at Indiana University Bloomington.

The screening of de Graaf's film What's the Economy for Anyway? will take place in IU Fine Arts 015, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the film starting at 7:30 p.m. A discussion and question-and-answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public, and free popcorn will be available for anyone who arrives to the screening on foot or by bicycle.

De Graaf produced the acclaimed PBS documentaries Affluenza and Escape from Affluenza. He is co-author of the book Affluenza, the All-Consuming Epidemic, which defines affluenza as "a painful, contagious, socially-transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more."

He is national coordinator of Take Back Your Time, a U.S.-Canada initiative to "challenge the epidemic of overwork, over-scheduling and time famine that now threatens our health, our families and relationships, our communities and our environment."

The Environmental Management Association is the IU Bloomington student chapter of the National Association of Environmental Management Professionals. It also will sponsor:

  • Earth Week Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, in People's Park at Kirkwood Avenue and Dunn Street. The EMA will give away trees and provide information on their growing patterns and how to care for them. Tips will be available for reducing your carbon footprint, finding green companies and more. Music will be played during lunch.
  • Earth Day Tree Give-Away all day on Wednesday, April 22, in the atrium of the IU SPEA Building, 1315 E. 10th St. The EMA will be giving out flowering dogwoood, white oak and black gum trees to good yards, as well as information on how to care for them and their growing patterns.

For more information, email- IU EMA at or visit